An Intro to Herbs in Your Garden

kay-73520__05238.jpg Herb gardening is a matter that many gardeners are attracted to. They are amazingly easy to grow both indoors or outdoors, and provide instant gratification as you can use them in a wide variety of recipes including soups, marinades and sauces. An herb garden is easy to maintain with minimum daily care, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be easily moved inside once autumn frosts begin, making it possible to maintain an herb garden all year long. Since perennial herbal plants don't die easily or need replanting every end of the year, they are a practical (and fun) addition to your garden. In addition, the varieties of herbs you prefer to cook with should affect your personal herb choices. Basil, oregano, and thyme are great herbs to plant if you take pleasure in cooking and eating Italian food. If you prefer Latin themed food, you may decide to cultivate cilantro instead. Where you put your herb garden will determine which herbs can grow there. If you live in a mild climate, with warm winters and relatively cool summers, it may be easiest to plant straight into the ground. It is both an attractive way to landscape your yard and an effortless way to go because you do not need to build or buy planters. There is absolutely nothing you can do to get away from harsh climate conditions that might hurt your plants. However, there's hope because planters can be transported indoors whenever there's bad weather outside so they are flexible and practical for your herbs.

The Earliest Documented Outdoor Water Fountains of Human History

The water from creeks and other sources was originally supplied to the citizens of nearby towns and municipalities by way of water fountains, whose design was mainly practical, not aesthetic. The force of gravity was the power source of water fountains up until the conclusion of the 19th century, using the forceful power of water traveling down hill from a spring or brook to push the water through valves or other outlets. The beauty and spectacle of fountains make them appropriate for historical memorials. If you saw the earliest fountains, you wouldn't recognize them as fountains. A natural stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, used for holding water for drinking and religious purposes. Stone basins as fountains have been uncovered from 2,000 BC. The force of gravity was the power source that controlled the oldest water fountains. Situated near aqueducts or springs, the functional public water fountains provided the local residents with fresh drinking water. The people of Rome began building elaborate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or stone masks of wildlife and mythological characters. The City of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that supplied the water for the countless fountains that were located throughout the urban center.

The Benefits of Solar Energy Powered Fountains

Your garden wall fountain can be powered by any number of power sources.

The recent interest in alternative power has led to a rise in the usage of solar powered fountains, even though till now they have primarily been powered by electricity. Although solar powered water fountains may be the most economical long-term option, the initial outlay is in fact higher. Many different materials such as terra cotta, copper, porcelain, or bronze are ordinarily used in manufacturing solar powered water features. If you are looking for one which compliments your decor, the assortment available on the market makes this possible. If you are looking to have your own garden retreat, these types of fountains are ideal because they are easy to maintain and also have a positive effect on the environment.

If you are searching for something visually pleasing as well as a way to maintain your house cool, indoor wall fountains are an ideal addition. Employing the same methods used in air conditioners and evaporative coolers, they are a great alternative to cool off your home. Since they consume less energy, they also help you save money on your monthly power bill.

One way to generate a cooling effect is to fan fresh, dry air across them. Utilizing the ceiling fan or air from a corner of the room can help to enhance circulation.

Regardless of the technique you use, ensure the air is flowing over the top of the water in a regular manner. It is natural for fountains and waterfalls to produce cool, crisp air. The sudden chill we feel is normal when we come near a big municipal fountain or a waterfall. Your fountain cooling system should not be installed in an area which is especially hot. Your cooling system will be less effective if it is positioned in direct sunlight.

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs nearby. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles.

The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

The Father Of Roman Water Feature Design And Style

There are numerous celebrated water features in Rome’s city center. One of the best ever sculptors and artists of the 17th century, almost all of them were designed, conceptualized and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Also a city designer, he had skills as a water feature developer, and marks of his life's work are apparent throughout the roads of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features.

The young Bernini received praise from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an excellent worker. His sculpture was originally his claim to fame. Most famously in the Vatican, he used a base of knowledge in classic Greek architecture and melded it flawlessly with Roman marble. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound effect on him, both personally and professionally.


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